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The Upper Danube Nature Park: enjoy the countryside and revel in nature

The highland scenery of the Upper Danube Nature Park is characterised by its rugged limestone cliffs dating from the Jurassic period, its mixed forest, the Danube river and the high plateaus of the Jura.

The Upper Danube Nature Park is a rich source of high-quality - and often unique - habitat that is home to a vast number of rare plant and animal species. Among these species are many that have only been saved from the brink of extinction due to the consistent protection and support

of the nature park administration. The administration has set itself the task of protecting the natural environment here through controlling visitor movement with designated hiking routes, whilst at the same time granting visitors an insight into the diversity, beauty and unique nature of the park's habitats and protecting it for future generations. In addition to a uniquely bountiful natural landscape, the wide range of hiking, cycling, climbing and canoeing routes on offer here mean that visitors will find plenty to occupy them.

Visitors can also wander in the footsteps of the past: not only are there many fossils to be found in the nature park but there are also a large number of well-preserved medieval castles, palaces, ruins and abbeys for visitors to visit and explore. The Celtic period is also represented through a large quantity of grave mounds and Heuneberg, a former Celtic settlement that is important to European history. The region's numerous traditional festivals and events also have one eye firmly on the past and are an inspiration for domestic and overseas travellers alike.

The Danube Sink is a remarkable geological phenomenon that is found between Immendingen and Tuttlingen-Möhringen: here the waters of the Danube flow underground to the Aachtopf spring and then on to the Rhine, with the actual bed of the Danube remaining partially dry for up to 200 days a year.

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